September 5, 1883|
|Died: October 10, 1970
|September 3, 1905, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 24, 1920, for the St. Louis Browns|
|Earned run average||2.47|
|Career highlights and awards|
In 1905, Leifield was the ace of the Western League's Des Moines Underwriters, winning 26 games to help the Underwriters take the pennant. In September, Pittsburgh Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss purchased his contract for $2,500. Leifield pitched a shutout in his major league debut.
From 1906 to 1911, Leifield stayed in the Pittsburgh starting rotation, winning 15 or more games each season. In 1909, he went 19-8 to help the Pirates win the National League pennant. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 1912.
After being released in 1913, Leifield returned home, and then went to San Francisco, California to pitch in the Pacific Coast League. In 1915, he went to spring training with the Pirates but instead played for the St. Paul Saints of the American Association. On August 20, he struck out 15 in a game for the Saints.
In 1918, Leifield returned to the majors as a player-coach for the St. Louis Browns, and then as a full-time coach for the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. He finished his major league career with 124 wins.
Leifield died in Fairfax, Virginia at the age of 87.
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